OUTLOOK: Between June 3 and June 9, in interviews spread over 34 hours, David Coleman Headley, a former Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) member and a key architect of the 26/11 attack on Mumbai, opened up to investigators from India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA), sent specially to the US to grill him. This was a key moment in India’s war against terrorism. Here was a man who had served at close quarters with the LeT, Al Qaeda and the newly-formed ‘Karachi Set-up’ for almost a decade. His revelations gave Indian security officials major insights into a terror network that has become virtually an “independent state” within Pakistan.

This independent state, as outlined by Headley to NIA officials, has Pakistan’s ISI at its head, commands vast financial resources, uses technology at will, has an army of committed soldiers willing to die for the cause and has now become the fountainhead of a global terror network that poses a threat to several countries. Even though the Americans did not allow NIA officials to make any audio or video recordings, their extensive notes form the basis for the 106-page interrogation report which Outlook has now accessed. Here are some of Headley’s key revelations in the report: MORE

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